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Sarah’s TpTip

Take a note of al l of the names in records, including witnesses

Whenever we publish an article on marriage records, we always point out that it’s important to check out the witnesses, but witnesses also occur in other records. See for example the answer given by Antony Marr on page 43 of ‘Q&A’. Could the witness in a military record be the Edmund Alderson Dove that Linda Farrant is looking for? Clues are sometimes tucked away!

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We all have a tendency to stick with what we know. My family tree, along with most of my research, sits online in the same place it has always been. I know that a lot of you have family tree software on your computer that you use in your research, but are you missing out by not upgrading to the very latest version, or for that matter switching to a different program altogether? For anyone wrestling with these questions, our six-page buyer’s guide on page 16 will help you to make a decision. It has certainly made me wonder whether I’m missing out on some of the reporting flexibility and other benefits of software versus online trees. We’ve also got an introduction (and an exclusive discount) to the Society of Genealogists this month (page 25). Our recent reader survey revealed that many of you are not familiar with the Society, so we asked Else Churchill to help us out. Our article on Irish tithe records (page 52) also came about because there was a request for more Irish records in the survey. Thank you to everyone who took part – your feedback is helping us to plan the future of the magazine.

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Talking of the future, hopefully by the time this issue is in your hands, most of you will have received your first dose of vaccine. The pandemic has been a rollercoaster ride, but a new day is dawning. Keep healthy and happy hunting!


Sarah Williams Editor


Nick Peers Nick has been reviewing family tree software for many years now, and writes our ‘Tech Tips’ article every issue. On page 16 he tests out the latest software on offer.

Else Churchill Else is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists, where she has worked for 27 years. On page 25 she explains everything that the Society offers to family historians.

Paul Blak e Paul is a regular contributor to this magazine, and on page 61 he explains how to track down ancestors in Gibraltar, including military personnel who were stationed there.


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